Past Grants Awarded

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    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Boston's Colonial Religious History Tour App

    Development of a walking tour mobile application explores Boston's early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.
    (project website)

    Congregational Library and Archives
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Carolyn Hewitt
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $7,000
    Project Grant

    Somerset, Massachusetts: Envisioning Past and Present

    A program for 36 students in the school's Advanced Digital Photography program to create a town-wide large-scale photo installation of the historic places, people, and culture of the town.
    (project website)

    Somerset Berkley Regional High School
    Somerset, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Virginia Troutman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Pre-Teen Reading Program

    A reading and discussion program for pre-teens and their caregivers, particularly focused on participation by male caregivers.

    Foxborough Regional Charter School
    Foxborough, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Karen Harris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,047
    Project Grant

    New Rep Spotlight Symposium Series

    A symposium series in conjunction with theatrical productions that explore the connections between religion, science, and identity.

    New Repertory Theatre
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Adrienne Boris
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Research Inventory Grant

    Squam: An Intimate History

    Funding to inventory, photograph, and index 39 family albums and scrapbooks made by village residents from pre- civil war time on. Selected albums will be featured in an upcoming exhibit about what life was like for families in the village during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Annisquam Historical Society
    Gloucester, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Mary Ellen Lepionka
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Norwood Historical Costume Collection

    Funding to inventory, evaluate, photograph and re-house their collection of 750 garments dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials will be used in a digital presentation of their entire costume collection, an exhibit of WWI era clothing and a planned exhibit exploring the diversity of Norwood's participation in the Great War.

    Norwood Historical Society
    Norwood, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Bryan Burns
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Research Inventory Grant

    Early Families & Industries of West Stockbridge

    Funding to inventory, catalogue and preserve four boxes of records, invoices and papers from Baldwin's Extracts Company, est. 1865, ranging from the late 19th through early mid 20th centuries. The material will be part of an on-going series of talks and remembrances celebrating West Stockbridge and its families.

    West Stockbridge Historical Society
    West Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Robert Salerno
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Reclaiming Urban Renewal - Community Efforts and Impacts in Lawrence MA

    Planning and implementation of a one-day symposium on the effects of federal and state urban renewal programs on Lawrence and other industrial cities.

    Lawrence History Center / Immigrant City Archives
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Susan Grabski
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Coping

    Initial filming, research, and the creation of a project website and plan for a documentary that follows prisoners as they work with programs intended to help them establish a foothold in society after being released from incarceration.

    Emerson College
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Nesson
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Spirit Voices: Pacific Northwest Native Myths

    A five-month exhibition that explores and dramatizes the cultural heritage of various Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest through myths and stories embodied in art, artifacts, and performances.

    Berkshire Museum
    Pittsfield, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Maria Mingalone
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $4,680
    Project Grant

    Belmont World Film's Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series

    Support for the Family Festival & 15th Annual International Film Series, featuring international film and documentary premiers and focusing on international cultural understanding.

    Belmont World Film
    Sudbury, MA, Middlesex County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: Ellen Gitelman
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts

    Expansion and updating of the exhibit Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a chronicle of the legal struggle for civil rights of African Americans in Massachusetts.

    George Lewis Ruffin Society
    Somerville, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Julian Houston
    awarded on: 2015-12-11
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    From Yokuntown to Lenox: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Lenox

    Production of an 80-minute documentary featuring footage from more than 50 oral-history interviews of elderly Lenox residents to mark the town's 250th anniversary.

    Lenox Library Association
    Lenox, MA, Berkshire County (Berkshire)

    project director: Judy Seaman
    awarded on: 2015-06-20
    amount: $3,542
    Project Grant

    Hilltowns History Conference and Fair - Hooked on History

    A local history day at Mohawk Trail Regional High School uniting teachers, students, and the public with local history organizations.

    Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc.
    Shelburne Falls, MA, Franklin County (CT Valley)

    project director: Sheila Damkoehler
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    5th Annual Reading Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower Park

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    New Lynn Coalition
    Lynn, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Wendy Joseph
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Exploring Effective Interpretation of Northern Slavery and its Legacies

    A one-day symposium familiarizing regional historic and cultural resource organizations with the history and legacy of slavery in the north and helping them develop programming and materials.

    Essex National Heritage Commission
    Salem, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Beth Beringer
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,630
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Lowell's Irish Problem: The Town Vote to Establish a School for the Irish

    Production of a 3-minute film that is to provide background for Tsongas Center interactive civic activity that focuses on immigration.

    Tsongas Industrial History Center
    Lowell, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Kristin Gallas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    1854...a folk opera

    Writing of the libretto of a "folk opera" about the mid-nineteenth-century African American experience on Martha's Vineyard.

    U.S. Slave Song Project
    Oak Bluffs, MA, Dukes County (Cape & Islands)

    project director: Jack Schimmelman
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    earth.sky mobile exhibition

    Creation of two short films by Roberto Mighty featuring historical figures, their monuments, and the cemetery landscape, to be included in a series of twenty shorts that will be the basis of a walking tour mobile app.

    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cambridge, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Bree Harvey
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    Historic Property Research and Plaque Project

    Research and fabrication of six historical plaques, to be awarded to property owners for their efforts in maintaining the historical integrity and condition of their property.

    The Preservation Society of Fall River
    Fall River, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Jim Soule
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,500
    Project: Media Grant

    DAWNLAND short films

    Short-film social media efforts to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film DAWNLAND, about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

    Center For Independent Documentary
    Walpole, MA, Norfolk County (Southeast)

    project director: Adam Mazo
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project: Media Grant

    Techung: Bone of the Heart documentary film

    Preproduction work on a documentary covering the role of music in the maintaining of cultural identity among Tibetan exiles.
    (project website)

    Documentary Educational Resources
    Watertown, MA, Middlesex County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Marilyn D. Pennell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,310
    Project Grant

    Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

    Production of a play by Yussef El Guindi, post-performance talks with the playwright, and a free, public symposium on the role of the arts in challenging stereotypes.

    Silverthorne Theater Company Inc.
    South Hadley, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: J. Lucinda Kidder
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $2,900
    Project: Media Grant

    The Portuguese Kitchen

    Creation of a five-to-twelve minute pilot video about Portuguese cuisine and its history hosted by Manny Lopes of "Cooking with Dad TV."

    WGBY TV 57
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Harold Wolfe
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Nuestras Abuelas - Our Grandmothers

    A bilingual exhibit on Latino heritage created in consultation with Holyoke residents and focused on the relationships of the subjects with their grandmothers.

    Wistariahurst Museum Association, Inc
    Holyoke, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Penni Martorell
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $6,200
    Research Inventory Grant

    Harry H. Dow Legal Case Files

    Inventory, translation, and assessment of client files from the Harry H. Dow papers archived at the Suffolk Law School Library.

    Chinese Historical Society of New England
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $1,500
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Domestic Workers and Employers: Exploring the Realities of Work, Family, Care and Community

    A multimedia oral history project with workers and employers about the MA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including two public events.

    MataHari: Eye of the Day
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Moniqe Nguyen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    2015 Speaker Series

    Support for the 80th season of the speaker series, consisting of five free public lectures.

    Springfield Public Forum
    Springfield, MA, Hampden County (CT Valley)

    project director: Michelle Morash
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Media Grant

    VIETNAM: Not the War - The Post War

    Creation of a trailer, script, and fundraising plan for a one-hour documentary film by Bestor Cram about the post-war realities in Vietnam and American veterans' ongoing involvement there.

    Indochina Arts Partnership
    Wellesley, MA, Norfolk County (Metrowest Boston)

    project director: C. David Thomas
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Boston Asian American Film Festival: Home in America

    A four-day themed film festival on intergenerational immigrant experiences.

    Asian American Resource Workshop
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Susan Chinsen
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Engaging New Audiences Grant

    Driving to the American Dream: Citizenship at the Wheel

    A reading, discussion, and performance program for Boston cab drivers based on Dmitry Samarov's Where To?

    William Monroe Trotter Center for Black Culture and History
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Barbara Lewis
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $9,848
    Project Grant

    Chair City Oral History Series and Community Art Center

    A community art and discussion project that will engage former chair manufacturing workers in producing 400 copies of eleven oral histories recorded in 2009, after the closing of the city's last chair manufacturer.

    The Gardner Museum, Inc.
    Gardner, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Tracie Pouliot
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $4,000
    Project Grant

    Stem to Stern: Building CONSTITUTION

    A short film featuring an animation of the 1790s building of the USS Constitution, to be shown while Old Ironsides is in dry dock and can be seen in her entirety.

    USS Constitution Museum
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Robert Kiihne
    awarded on: 2015-06-19
    amount: $5,000
    Project Grant

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Website

    Development of an educational website about the history of the commercial fishing industry in New Bedford, providing online access to oral histories and other materials gathered by the Working Waterfront Festival.
    (project website)

    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc.
    New Bedford, MA, Bristol County (Southeast)

    project director: Laura Orleans
    awarded on: 2015-06-16
    amount: $5,000
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Frederick Douglass Communal Reading

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    Worcester Roots Project
    Worcester, MA, Worcester County (Central)

    project director: Cedric Arno
    awarded on: 2015-06-03
    amount: $500
    Reading Frederick Douglass Together Grant

    Many Languages, One Collective Voice: We Read Frederick Douglass as One Community

    Support for a public reading of Frederick Douglass' famous Fourth of July oratory as part of the Mass Humanities Reading Frederick Douglass program.

    City of Brockton
    Brockton, MA, Plymouth County (Southeast)

    project director: Lynn Smith
    awarded on: 2015-05-19
    amount: $500
    Project Grant

    Reel Talk Film Series

    A three-part moderated film-and-discussion program with underserved Lawrence youth.

    Lawrence Community Works
    Lawrence, MA, Essex County (Northeast)

    project director: Jared Ravreby
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $4,000
    Project: Social Media Outreach Grant

    Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods

    Support for a social media campaign to launch a multimedia electronic book depicting the history of China's One-Child Policy and the experiences of two adopted Chinese-American girls who visited their place of birth.

    Filmmakers Collaborative
    Melrose, MA, Middlesex County (Northeast)

    project director: Melissa Ludtke
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
    Project Grant

    Digging Northampton's History - A Community Archaeology Project

    An archaeological dig at the 1719 Parsons House, to which area third and fourth grade students and the public will be invited.

    Historic Northampton
    Northampton, MA, Hampshire County (CT Valley)

    project director: Linda Ziegenbein
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $5,000
    Project: Negotiating Social Contract Grant

    Massachusetts Native Peoples and the Social Contract: A Reassessment for Our Times

    A convention of Native groups in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod Islands, South Coast, and Amherst in roundtable discussions envisioning a new social contract between the Commonwealth and its Native peoples.

    Institute for New England Native American Studies
    Boston, MA, Suffolk County (Greater Boston)

    project director: Cedric Woods
    awarded on: 2015-03-20
    amount: $10,000
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